How can research help patients?
In recent years, research has advanced understanding of the brain's fundamental mechanisms. With this new understanding, neurologists are finding new treatments and, ultimately, cures for many neurological diseases, which are among the most destructive and costly public health problems in the United States.
For example, research breakthroughs now allow neurologists to successfully treat stroke patients with clot-busting medication proven to reduce deaths and decrease disability. Research developments have also produced new medications that relieve migraines, slow the progression of multiple sclerosis and improve movement in Parkinson's patients. These are just a few of the many advances gained from research that are improving the lives of millions of men and women around the world suffering from neurological disorders.
To keep research advancing toward future cures and treatments, it's important for patients to advocate for additional research funding. Contact your members of Congress and ask them to support neurology research.
From the American Academy of Neurology and American Academy of Neurology Education & Research Foundation.